Black Bear on the Loose

The bear gave police the slip

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Pat Zipp, Bristol Police Department

    A black bear is wandering around neighborhoods in Frederick, Md.  People who live in the Route 40 corridor, bordered by Mount Phillip Road, Butterfly Lane and West Partrick Street should be on the look out for it.

    Police almost had it Monday morning. Officers from the Frederick Police Department tried to contain the bear near Hillcrest Drive and Orchard Terrace until the Department of Natural Resources arrived. 

    They followed it through several neighborhoods and tracked it through the Hill Street Park. But when it crossed Butterfuly Lane near Himes Avenue, it disappeared on a farm.

    The black bear is the largest terrestrial mammal native to Maryland, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Maryland black bears are found primarily in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties.

    Frederick Police are warning people not to approach the bear if they see it. Instead, call 911 immediately.  

    The Department of Natural Resources Police and Maryland Wildlife are planning the appropriate course of action as they get calls about more sightings.